A guest was arrested last week after security found a handgun in his backpack at Walt Disney World’s Transportation and Ticket Center, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
In addition to the 9mm handgun, which was in a holster, security also discovered two loaded magazines in the backpack, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. The guest, 29-year-old Terry Bruce of Daytona Beach, Florida, was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed firearm, a third-degree felony. Bruce was attempting to enter the Magic Kingdom park at the time, and the gun and accessories were found at a bag check.
Bruce admitted his error in bringing the gun: “It was an honest mistake… I completely forgot the firearm was in my bag,” he told the Sentinel. Bruce also added that he normally keeps the gun in his car’s trunk or glove compartment, but he left the gun in his backpack because he and his girlfriend kept switching which car they were going to take to Walt Disney World. He claims that he realizes the seriousness of bringing a gun “in a place where families and children are.” The Sentinel noted that Bruce doesn’t have a license to carry a concealed weapon.
In a statement, Disney considers the incident “a law enforcement matter,” and added that security notified authorities as soon as they found the weapon.
Walt Disney World prohibits guests from having “firearms, ammunition, knives, and weapons of any kind” on property.
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